I should have mentioned last night that J.R. Mathes' win yesterday was his 39th as an I-Cub, which is a franchise record. Congratulations to Mathes.
The Iowa Cubs inched past the Round Rock Express, 4-2 in 13 innings.
Starter Thomas Diamond bounced back from his last start and threw six shutout innings tonight. He gave up only three hits. Diamond walked three and struck out six.
Carlos Zambrano relieved Diamond and also pitched well: two scoreless innings and only one hit, and that was a soft liner. He didn't walk anyone and struck out three.
The Cubs had a chance to end the game in both the ninth and the tenth, but they twice allowed an unearned run with two outs. David Cales allowed his first run of AAA in blowing the save in the ninth. Jeff Stevens gave up a run in the tenth after the Cubs had scored in the top of the inning. Both times the culprit was shortstop Darwin Barney. Barney made an error with one out in the ninth and with two out in the tenth. Barney's only made 13 errors now over almost 100 games, so he was just having a bad night.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx didn't allow a hit over the final three innings of the game to get the win. Bibens-Dirkx walked one and struck out two.
But all's well that ends well, and Brad Snyder hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th that would turn out to be the game-winner. It was Snyder's 15th home run this year. Snyder entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 11th inning and went 1 for 2.
Micah Hoffpauir also homered, his 14th of the season. Hoffpauir was 1 for 5 with a walk before Snyder's home run. He scored the two times.
Center fielder Sam Fuld was 2 for 6 with an RBI. Catcher Chris Robinson was 2 for 5. Second baseman Bobby Scales was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.
Rained out in Mississippi. Double-header tomorrow.
The Daytona Cubs won their seventh game in a row, crushing the St. Lucie Mets, 10-3.
Alberto Cabrera picked up the win by pitching six innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out nine.
Third baseman Ryan Flaherty was 2 for 4 with his third home run. It was a two run homer in the sixth. Flaherty also hit a double and walked once. He scored three times.
Center fielder David Macias was 2 for 5 with a triple and three RBI. He scored once. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit a double in a 2 for 4 night. He also walked once and scored twice.
Catcher Mark Reed was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. DH Michael Brenly was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored once and had one RBI.
With the win, the Daytona Cubs moved in to a tie for first place. The Cubs' three highest minor league teams are all in first place now.
And now for the team that isn't in first place. The Peoria Chiefs were thrown overboard by the Lake County Captains, 3-0.
Chiefs' starter Francisco Guzman got the loss despite really dominating the Captains. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, but then he hit a batter and allowed a two-run home run to the next batter. It was the only hit he allowed and they were the only two baserunners he allowed over 4.2 innings. Guzman struck out ten of the sixteen batters he faced.
Not only are the Chiefs not in first place, they're in last.
Starter Cameron Greathouse pitched four innings tonight and allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Aaron Kurcz took the loss. He entered the game in the 11th inning and gave up singles to the first two batters he faced. He got the next two batters with a foul out and a strikeout, but then he hit the next batter to load the bases. Finally, he hit the next batter he faced to end the game.
Matt Szczur kept his career hitting streak alive by going 2 for 5. He scored twice. Szczur has now gotten a hit in all 16 professional games he has played.
Left fielder Jesus Morelli was 2 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI. Second baseman Pierre LePage was 2 for 4 with a run scored.